Tuesday, December 5, 2023

[UPDATE: Victims Able to Walk Out] Rescuers Responding to Point Arena Pier Where Multiple Persons are Stuck as the Tide Rises


Scanner traffic beginning about 9:27 p.m. indicated a reporting party told dispatch multiple people are stuck on a point south of the Point Arena pier as the tide is rising.

The dispatcher said the reporting party relayed the party is out of the water but stuck on rocks as the tide rises.

Emergency responders have been dispatched to the scene, including an air ambulance to assess the situation.

UPDATE 9:55 p.m.: The Incident Commander reports multiple resources are at the scene of the incident and are attempting to get a sense of the victims’ exact location. Incident Command is requesting the air ambulance use a spotlight to illuminate the coastline. Dispatch reports the air ambulance should be in approximately 23 minutes.

UPDATE 10:07 p.m.: The victims were reportedly able to self-extricate themselves from the incident, essentially walk out. All rescuers were released from the scene.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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  1. The rocks below the cliff to the south can be easily surrounded by water when the tide comes in. Most people who go there are careful to leave before the tide comes in. The rocks really take a pounding when the surf is big I would not want to be there is for sure. Likly no wet suits and oh so cold. Keep safe first responders.

  2. When you spend hours tide pooling you learn how and where to walk. Kelp can be slippery and very dangerous. So many people expect that they can just walk in tide areas like anywhere else yet in a moment of distraction you can be in a world of hurt.

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